Reading program participants support charity

Submitted photoBucket Buddies Mission President Deanna Young (from left), BMPL Children's Department head Sandy Dickey and BMPL director Kim Porter display the boxes containing crayons, Hot Wheels cars, coloring books and more fun items for Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital Medical Center patients that BMPL users donated during the Summer Reading Program. Young reported, "It meant so much to me to have the local library choose Bucket Buddies Mission ( as its philanthropy to support during the summer."

As summer winds down and children go back to school, Batesville Memorial Public Library staff are collectively taking a giant breath.

Summertime is the busiest time of the year for the library. We focus on the importance of reading throughout the summer and offer a lot programming for our community. This summer was no different. We implemented a few changes to the Summer Reading Program that we feel made things run more smoothly.

We also gave our participants the chance to give back. We chose Bucket Buddies Mission as the first local nonprofit to support. We were able to give three boxes of items that will be used to fill buckets given to patients at the Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Thank you for all your help that allowed us to partner with Deanna Young and this awesome organization. We also want to thank all of our sponsors. This program would not be possible without them. Please see the list in the ad below and help us thank them for giving back.

With school starting, I’d like to highlight the services and resources we offer for students in our community. Our website offers several resources, such as World Book Online, Mango Languages, and INSPIRE. You can access them at the library or at home with your library card.

We have computers available for public use and free Wi-Fi. The library also has spaces available for quiet or group study. We have mobile hotspots available for checkout for up to one week at a time to Batesville residents age 21 or older.

Library employees also are working to update the Children’s Room. In the near future, you will find two computers for younger children and two Apple Macs for older children to do schoolwork and group projects. These computers will be available in late fall. We are excited about all the changes to the Children’s Room. We encourage you to visit often to watch them take place.

The Batesville library is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. We are closed on Sundays.

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